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Fishing Information

South Platte River - Denver

63 cfs
7 mph
29 °F
Weather @SOUTH PLATTE BASIN - Updated January 23, 2021 - 8:06am by OpenWeather

Current River Flow Updates

Latest update 1/22/2021 --

Reports of trout being caught through town are still coming in. The stretch of river starting at Evans Ave. heading north to Mile High Stadium has some ideal holding water for them. Carping has been a bit challenging but they are still eating. Finding structure is important this time of year no matter the species. For trout, standard nymphs are working fine. Pheasant tails, eggs, San Juans, and midges in a variety of sizes and colors are a good place to start. Juvenile crawdad imitations with lead eyes will work for carp.

Historical River Flow

River Information

The Denver South Platte (or DSP) flows right through the heart of Denver and offers anglers the ultimate in urban fly fishing. The river is home to a wide variety of warm water fish, however, does hold trout in some of the upper sections. Without a doubt, no fish has put the DSP on the map more than the Carp. These ultra spooky fish have become a prime target for many of us here at the shop and have both frustrated and rewarded countless other anglers across this city and beyond. Aside from the Carp, Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, Suckers, Catfish and Walleye all reside in this waterway. The upper few miles, just downstream of C-470, north to Mineral Blvd, typically runs a little colder and holds the highest density of trout. This stretch is also undergoing stream renovations which should improve the quality of the trout fishery.

Seasonal Conditions

Fishable year round. The warmer months will be most productive for the warm water species here.

Additional River Information

South Platte River below Chatfield Reservoir

SOUTH PLATTE BASIN River Gauge View Detailed Information

  • Flow 63 cfs
  • Wind 7 mph
  • Temp 29 °F
  • High/Low 29/49

River access

River access is plentiful throughout the entirety of this stretch of river. Anglers will find countless access spots from C-470 north to 104th St. Feel free to stop by the shop or give us a call for the most up to date report on what stretches are fishing best.

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